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THE PAJAMA GAME Musical in 2 Acts, 17 Scenes - Book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell; Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler & Jerry Ross; Based on the novel "Seven And A Half Cents" by Richard Bissell St James Theatre, Broadway - 13 May, 1954 (1061 perfs) COMMENT ONLY American expertise could have created such a musical as this; a story about a Trade Union dispute set against a background of factory machines, played by factory hands, office workers and shop stewards. Yet it is one of the happiest, most romantic and richly comical musicals ever to be imported and packed with hit tunes. The Leading Man has baritone songs such as "Hey There" and "A New Town Is a Blue Town". The modernmezzo leading lady has "I'm Not At All In Love", while together they sing "Small Talk" and "There Once Was A Man". The young dancer-singer, Elizabeth Seal, made her name in the smaller part of Gladys, and stopped the show with "Steam Heat" and "Hernando's Hideaway". The comedy part of Hines has "Think Of the Time I Save" and "I Would Trust Her" (I'll Never be Jealous Again"). There is exciting chorus work in the ensembles "Racing With the Clock". "Seven and a Half Cents" and the rousing "Once A Year Day". All of the music has great appeal to young audiences. SYNOPSIS (time - The Present) A strike is imminent at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory. The Union is seeking a wage rise of seven and a half cents an hour. Sid and Babe are in opposite camps yet a romance is born between them. At first Babe rejects him and Sid is forced to confide his feelings to a dictaphone. During the picnic for the factory workers he makes better progress but their estrangement is reinforced when they return to the factory. A go-slow is staged by the Union, strongly supported by Babe. Sid, as factory superintendent, demands an 'honest day's work' and threatens to fire slackers. Babe is enraged by his attitude and kicks her foot into the machinery, causes a general breakdown and is immediately fired by Sid. Hines, the popular efficiency expert, is in love with Gladys the President's secretary. Periodically, he brings a more optimistic outlook to the life of the factory. Becoming convinced that Babe's championship of the Union is justified, Sid simulates an interest in Gladys by taking her out for the evening to the night club, Hernando's Hideaway. Through her help he is eventually able to gain access to the firm's books and discovers that the boss has been adding to his price the pay increase demanded by the workers. Sid then brings about his boss, Hasler's, consent to a pay rise and is able to bring peace to the factory and to his love life. Everyone goes out to celebrate - at Hernando's Hideaway. STORY Act I A strike is imminent at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory, where the workers churn out pajamas at a backbreaking pace (“Racing with the Clock”). In the middle of this, a new superintendent, Sid Sorokin, has come from out of town to work in the factory (“A New Town Is a Blue Town”). The union, led by Prez, is